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4 12, 2014

Review: Coconut 24/7 by Pat Crocker

By | December 4th, 2014|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Cooking, Food, Wine, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction|Tags: , |3 Comments

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coconut 24/7 book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

For those who love to cook and try new things, Coconut 24/7 by Pat Crocker is an excellent cookbook full of tasty and unique food, drink and skincare concoctions. Included are over 100 recipes which all use at least one coconut-based ingredient. Focusing on the health benefits of coconut, the author does an excellent job of describing all the different coconut derived products available and the advantage (or disadvantages) of each one.

Over the last few years, our family has switched over to coconut oil as one of our main cooking fats, but I really enjoyed learning about the health benefits of other coconut ingredients. Besides coconut meat, she discusses coconut water, oil, cream, vinegar, sugar, nectar, milk, flour and more. Many of her recipes have a distinctly Polynesian flair, but I so appreciated that most of

11 09, 2014

Review: 10-Minute Makeup by Boris Entrup

By | September 11th, 2014|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, For the Glamour Girl, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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51CniB4KIRL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Reviewed by Lauren Cannavino

10-Minute Makeup is a fun, bright and easy-to-follow how-to for any makeup lover. The tutorials are well-written and understandable; even without a full arsenal of makeup brushes, expensive products, or an advanced skill set, anyone can easily replicate the looks. I was surprised to find that many—if not all—of the looks contained items that I already owned. If I did not have the particular color or item listed, I could quickly determine another color or product that would work in place.

Author Boris Entrup is a professional makeup artist, and his love of the art is clear. He is passionate about his career and also seems to see makeup as an art form, which is evident from the collection of fifty different looks and stunning images in 10-Minute Makeup. There really is something for everyone in these

13 01, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

By | January 13th, 2014|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , , |43 Comments

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Organic BeautyPlease welcome Rebecca Park Totilo, author of Organic Beauty With Essential Oil, as she tours the blogosphere with Premier Virtual Author Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy of the book below – open internationally (eBooks only for international winners).

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Women everywhere want beauty tips at affordable prices, and what better way to enhance your own personal beauty than to make your own beauty products at home? This book provides instructions for making your own soaps, your own bath mixes and other routine beauty products. After reading this book, the reader will never want to spend $9 on a homemade soap again at a specialty market, especially after seeing how easy it is to scent and make your own at home. According to Titilo, there are two prime benefits to a home based regimen. The

14 02, 2012

Review: Style Me Vintage: Make-Up by Katie Reynolds

By | February 14th, 2012|Categories: Arts & Literature, Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Photography|Tags: , |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Wendy Fitos

Style Me Vintage: Make Up by Katie Reynolds is the second book in the Style Me Vintage series and covers makeup looks from each decade starting with the 1920’s. The book is targeted for makeup artists as well as women looking to create a look for a party, so the application techniques are very clear and concise.

Many of the looks featured in this colorful book can be easily worn today by slightly changing up the colors and refining the technique if the look needs to be professional. The Marlene Dietrich look from the 1930’s is very classic and would work great for either the office or a cocktail party. The Audrey Hepburn look from the 1960’s can be seen today in many style and fashion magazines. What is refreshing about Reynolds’ technique is that it isn’t picture perfect

31 01, 2012

Review: Express Makeup by Rae Morris

By | January 31st, 2012|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Wendy Fitos

Rae Morris’ third book, Express Makeup, continues to showcase her talent and creativity in the beauty world. Morris hails from Australia where she became an “accidental” makeup artist when she had to assist on a photo shoot with supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Express Makeup is filled with simple and easy tips that can help any woman look beautiful. The first section of the book covers specific makeup products and how to use them properly, while the second section includes numerous finished looks that can be easily recreated.

Here are just a few tips that I found very helpful:

  • Highlighting

Never use white or silver greys to highlight your skin. Only use these colors for highlighting the inner corners of your eyes.

  • Achieving a Glow to the Skin

For youthful, wrinkle-free skin, you can use luminizer all over the face by adding a few

28 05, 2011

Review: 101 Glam Girl Ways to an Ultra Chic Lifestyle by Dawn Del Russo

By | May 28th, 2011|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

101 Glam Girl Ways to an Ultra Chic Lifestyle is as indispensible as every woman’s little black dress. This book packs a punch in a palm-ful (at just over one hundred pages), and can be easily read in a few minutes. Each tip is carefully highlighted with colorful illustrations and fun sayings, which offer reminders on how to become glamorous.

I imagine that the author and illustrator had the idea to remind all women that easy glamour is well within their reach. This is true on every level, although our stressful lives certainly don’t help our cause! It is difficult to remain beautiful while also keeping up with our harried schedules. Although the tips offered in the book are deceptively simple, I did feel that they were all useful reminders on ways to enrich and refresh my

25 03, 2011

Review: Curly Girl: The Handbook by Lorraine Massey

By | March 25th, 2011|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

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Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

As a child, my big curls were brushed and bushy. When I got to junior high, my big curls became tight curls and I had to learn how to take care of them on my own. There was a lot of experimenting going on! My father was especially helpful: “You keep messing with it and it will all fall out!” Eventually, I became a cosmetologist myself, and vowed that my curly kids would have a momma who knew how to take care of their hair! A curly husband and five curly kids later, we are doing pretty well. Yet, Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey was still able to give me even more great tips and suggestions for the care and keeping of our curls.

Overall, Massey does a great job explaining why curls are

8 02, 2011

Giveway: Curly Girl: The Handbook by Lorraine Massey

By | February 8th, 2011|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Gift Ideas, Giveaways|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |67 Comments

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I have a treat for all curly-haired (or friends of curly-haired) women and girls (or men) out there!

3 winners will receive Curly Girl: The Handbook by an internationally celebrated curl expert Lorraine Massey, courtesy of Workman Publishing!

1 grand prize winner will also receive DevaCurl Travel Kit to go with her book!

About Curly Girl: The Handbook

Curly Girl is the unrivaled bible for everything related to the care, management, and styling of curly hair and you’ll find it in the January issues of Glamour and Cosmopolitan magazines and on NBC’s “Today Show”. This book includes a whole chapter devoted to hair care and management for curly kids and it also includes a wealth of helpful tips for busy parents on the go (fathers

12 01, 2011

Review: Beauty Rules by Bobbi Brown

By | January 12th, 2011|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, For the Glamour Girl, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , , , , |6 Comments

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Reviewed by Wendy Fitos

Makeup Artist Bobbi Brown’s 6th book, Beauty Rules: Fabulous Looks, Beauty Essentials, and Life Lessons, begins with Brown sharing her experiences from her teens and twenties; these experiences motivated her to write the book. She remembers her awkwardness through the years and how that awkwardness helped her grow and inspired her to become a makeup artist.

Beauty Rules touches on all areas of beauty including skincare, makeup, diet and nutrition, hygiene and exercise. Although Brown’s areas of expertise are makeup and skincare, she enriches the book by bringing experts to discuss the other aspects of the book to enhance the knowledge she is sharing.

The book reaches a diverse audience as she covers looks for women of all ethnicities, which is a specialty she achieved through her makeup line several years ago. She also

20 12, 2010

Review: Beautiful Skin Revealed by Dr. Paul Friedman, Dr. Joy Kunishige and Dr. Kristel Polder

By | December 20th, 2010|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

When I received Beautiful Skin Revealed, I was expecting a typical guide to good skin care: stick to a regular regimen, stay out of the sun, use SPF, etc. However, this book, penned by three doctors, offers a refreshingly different format that pairs difficult skin care conditions with specific cosmetic procedures.

Beautiful Skin Revealed is divided into 12 chapters that cover a single skin problem or a group of related problems. Topics covered include acne scars, birthmarks, rosacea, spider veins, stretch marks, wrinkles, and so on. Each chapter features a real-life case of one of Dr. Friedman’s patients who was treated with laser or light-based technology. The skin conditions and the treatments used are well explained and give the readers an idea of pricing, down time, and the level of discomfort possible. The before and